A truck weighing approximately 140,000 pounds slid backwards and crushed the legs of a worker beneath its rear tires at a commuter rail work site. The man in his 40s works for J.F. White Contracting Co., which is currently working on the commuter rail tracks rehabilitating the Shawsheen River bridges off Lupine Road.
At the time of the injury, the worker was trying to attach a heavy equipment trailer to the truck. Police and firefighters arrived to find the man pinned under and between two of the rear tires on the left side of the tractor-trailer.
The trailer was carrying an earth-mover and low-drill attachment that was being taken to another construction site. The fire chief stated that while connecting the trailer to the tractor, the truck operator’s lower extremities became pinned under the rear wheels of the tractor.
The police lieutenant said the man suffered “a severe crushing injury to his lower extremities.” The fire chief also said that although the man suffered life-threatening injuries he was conscious and alert when he was taken from the scene by the paramedics. He was flown to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston by Med-Flight.
Representatives from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Massachusetts State Police are investigating this accident for an safety violations.
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Employee of Stoughton Company Seriously Hurt in Accident on the Job, patriotledger.com, February 14, 2013